The installation of bollards to help protect Adelaide Oval patrons will begin today with the first 14 bollards being put in place along King William Road.
“Around 120 bollards will be installed to help keep South Australians and other patrons safe when they’re attending events at Adelaide Oval,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.
“Unfortunately, in recent times we’ve seen a number of disgusting examples of motor vehicles being used as weapons in public places around the world.
“Last year around 1.8 million people passed through the gates at Adelaide Oval to watch the footy, cricket, attend concerts and a host of other events.
“The State Government’s absolute priority is to keep South Australians and our community safe.
“That’s why the new State Government is getting on with the job and ensuring that these bollards are going in the ground as soon as possible to help protect Adelaide Oval users.
“Installation of these bollards should be completed by August, weather permitting.
“It’s also great news that a local South Australian company, SADB Directional Drilling, was awarded the contract to deliver this important security upgrade.
“Over the coming weeks and months further works will be undertaken around Adelaide Oval’s event schedule to ensure there is minimal disruption to Oval patrons.
“In addition to the installation of these bollards, further security measures have also been put in place by way of planter boxes and retaining walls to prevent vehicle access.
“These bollards, or Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Devices, meet international standards and the design and specifications have been developed following an exhaustive security review.
“This is another example of the new State Government cleaning up Labor’s mess.
“The previous Labor Government failed to get these bollards installed before last year’s AFL season and then failed to get them in the ground before last year’s cricket season – they missed two important deadlines.
“The new State Government has moved swiftly to ensure that these bollards are being delivered as soon as possible to help protect Adelaide Oval users.”